Liability Exposure for Surgical Robotics Instructors

Yu L. Lee, Gokhan Kilic, John Phelps

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Abstract

Surgical robotics instructors provide an essential service in improving the competency of novice gynecologic surgeons learning robotic surgery and advancing surgical skills on behalf of patients. However, despite best intentions, robotics instructors and the gynecologists who use their services expose themselves to liability. The fear of litigation in the event of a surgical complication may reduce the availability and utility of robotics instructors. A better understanding of the principles of duty of care and the physician-patient relationship, and their potential applicability in a court of law likely will help to dismantle some concerns and uncertainties about liability. This commentary is not meant to discourage current and future surgical instructors but to raise awareness of liability issues among robotics instructors and their students and to recommend certain preventive measures to curb potential liability risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-379
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • Instructors
  • Liability
  • Proctors
  • Robotic surgery

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Liability Exposure for Surgical Robotics Instructors. / Lee, Yu L.; Kilic, Gokhan; Phelps, John.

In: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 05.2012, p. 376-379.

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Lee, Yu L. ; Kilic, Gokhan ; Phelps, John. / Liability Exposure for Surgical Robotics Instructors. In: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 376-379.
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